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Gyu-Kaku Japanese Barbecue

169 Katsuraasahichō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 615-8027, Japan
| +81 75-382-0129
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Sun - Sat 5pm - 2am
Sat 11:30am - 3pm

Gyu-Kaku Japanese Barbecue

Ready for a two-hour all-you-can-eat barbecue? With fatty cuts of pork belly, tender beef tongue, horumon (offal), and marbled slices of boutique beef such as Kuroge wagyu? Then head to Gyu-Kaku, a chain especially popular with students and often hidden on the upper floors of office towers. Whichever one you try, it will be a yakiniku (barbecued meat) joint, where diners cram side by side to prepare their own charcoal-grilled meat in a slightly raucous atmosphere and wash it down with highball after highball. (The deals are often all-you-can-drink, too.) They’re anything but luxurious, but many locations fill up on weekends and don’t usually take reservations, so go early or late to ensure you get a table.